Posts by Linda Swanson

Training and Education

This broad category of activities covers a host of settings in which associates are helping others learn. One associate took books to a resource-starved seminary and got this response from a thankful student: “Sir, before you came, we had no books; now, we have five more books than we ever have had before … and […]

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Missionary Care

Paraclete associates are involved in a wide range of activities that are different ways of coming alongside the global missions community. Many of our activities can be grouped together as “missionary care” or “member care.” Both terms mean caring for missionaries so they can minister effectively to others. Here’s what one missionary couple had to […]

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Even in winter

I hope you and your loved ones are coping well with the continuation of winter that we are experiencing. It looks like January out my window here in Colorado, but a Facebook friend was bragging about the first blooms of spring last week! Hang in there! Spring is on its way. Paraclete associates are not […]

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Great Times for Coming Alongside

This time of year the weather news is filled with terms like “Alberta Clipper” and “Polar Vortex”. It is beautiful if you can stay indoors! This morning in Colorado Springs we have hoar frost covering everything. I looked up the term to make sure I had it right, and I’m pretty sure that’s what I’m […]

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Merry Christmas

This is a busy time of the year for most of us.  It’s ironic that our celebration of the coming of the Prince of Peace is not all that peaceful.  Our prayer for you this Christmas is that His peace would be your peace! Of course, His peace came to us at a high cost.  […]

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Thanksgiving with Feasting

Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving this month.  Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October.  I guess harvest comes sooner in the far north!  Many countries celebrate harvest days and times for giving thanks without calling them Thanksgiving.  Regardless of nationality, these holidays are often favorites because they carry all of the blessings of gratitude […]

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God at work around the world through Paraclete this Fall

Those of us who work from Colorado are loving fall in the Rockies these days.  Some will say that our golden Aspens don’t compete with the red, orange and purple of autumn in the North East.  That may be, but the colors here this time of year are nothing short of astonishing.  Maybe it’s the […]

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News from Ukraine

This time of year it always seems to me that the country gets serious once again.  When we pass Labor Day it is as if the national mentality switches from vacation mode to work mode.  Schools are back in session.  Family vacations are memories, and cooling temperatures remind us that there is a lot to […]

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Refreshment

Refreshment July is prime vacation time for many.  A part of Paraclete’s ministry to the global missions community is to bring refreshment.  Many kingdom workers are in situations that make a traditional vacation difficult.  A visit from a Paraclete associate, can make all the difference in the world, like it did for this missionary couple […]

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Five Things African Believers Want to Tell You

Paraclete associates Jim and Arline recently returned from Africa.  They ministered there for decades earlier in their career.  Now they visit periodically in a come-alongside Paraclete ministry. Reflecting on their trip, they write of Five Things African Believers Want to Tell You.   1. “We’ve been doing this a long time.” Americans innovate and change […]

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What do you believe?

Bible teaching takes many forms in Paraclete.  Some are formal.  Others are informal.  At times those we train want to go deeper in their Christian faith.  Others are inquiring people from different traditions.  A Paraclete associate training in Europe related the following story: While teaching a seminar entitled, “What do Christians believe”, I asked a […]

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Lesotho

My husband, Kevin, and I recently traveled with three teammates to Maseru, Lesotho, to put on a retreat for the MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) Team. We arrived a few days early so we did projects in a few of the families’ homes and got to know them a bit over delicious meals. Kim and Kevin […]

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